While some fighters on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster expected Chris Weidman to defeat former Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162, they didn't foresee "All American" doing it in the impressive way that he did.
Most expected the jiu-jitsu brown belt to earn the victory via submission; however, Weidman flipped the script and was able to defeat "The Spider" at his own game by knocking him out cold at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (see it again here).
But, had Chris tweaked a few things here and there on the ground when he had Silva in a kneebar in the first round, he could have walked away with a submission victory over the much more seasoned black belt.
He explains to NBC Sports Radio:
"I could have done some different things. On the ground I could have submitted him, just do a couple things differently. I had him in a kneebar, put him in an ankle lock and both of them I think I could have finished them I f I had done some things differently. But, I went for everything I felt, so I got no regrets in the fight."
While some are blaming Silva's Octagon shenanigans for the loss, Weidman is confident his skills are what earned him the win over the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter of all time.
And now that the Brazilian bomber seems to be open to a rematch, Weidman will have the chance to prove it one more time and have the opportunity to fix the little mistakes he made should the fight make its way to the ground.
But, seeing as how a determined Anderson will likely be making a tweak (or three) of his own when they collide for the second time; should the win, regardless of how he obtains it, be priority number one for Weidman?
Or would a submission victory for "All American" be the icing on the cake and prove his dominance over Silva once and for all?